This post is similar and basically duplicating one I posted on the Rootsweb Trumbull County discussion board in response to an ongoing discussion about this family group. Interested folks may want to refer to the expanded info/discussion on this family there.
Charles Van Wye, born in 1771 and died in 1855, moved to Trumbull County with his wife, Jane Cameron, and their young family around 1800. They apparently met and married in Washington County, PA. He had arrived there, along with his brother, Arthur Van Wye,[who also lived in Trumbull County for some years in the early 1800 decades] around the time of the Whiskey Rebellion, in 1793, perhaps as part of the militia raised by President Washington and sent there to return the local distillers/farmers to the fold of loyal Americans. Unfortunately, so far I have not found either of them on any service roster from either PA or NJ. But there is a family tradition and story passed down that this military service did occur. They apparently had relatives and acquaintances in Washington County, PA and never returned to their place of origin in northeast PA.
I have been reluctant to post this family group because: 1. I do not yet have all my source material and back-up data entered in my database; 2. I have not personally completely verified all the data included – though others who initially provided some of the basics supposedly did so, however I have found much to add and some corrections and updates over the past two years; 3. There are Van Wye/ Van Wey/ Van Wy family researchers from other areas in Ohio who claim this couple as "their" ancestor’s parents and to date I have not been able to personally get on site in the region and prove or disprove the relationship claims of these possible offspring. So for now they are not included on this listing. 4. The children listed below all have confirmed existence in Trumbull County records of one kind or another. One published genealogy for a later branch of this family says there are three other possible unmaned children for this couple, so I put placeholders here for them, but that may just be conjecture due to the birth spacing. Due to the recent discussion it seems that I do need to share some of this information now in spite of my insecurities about it. I suspect it will help keep us all on the same page at least and be a family group baseline.
There are spelling variations of this surname across the records but to keep it simple I have for now chosen to be consistent and use the one our branch of the family uses. Be aware that in fact for most of the 1800s this Charles / Jane branch of the family were the most likely to be found with Van Wy/Wey/Wee and others variations. Again when I get my personal data entry issues addressed I will annotate the variations. New software should make that easier.
Descendants of Charles Van Wye
Generation No. 1
1. CHARLES3 VAN WYE was apparently born May 2, 1771 in Eastern PA- Northampton Co. baptized at Walpack DRC, Walpack, NJ on May 5, 1771, and died 1855 in Trumbull County, Ohio. He married JANE CAMERON Aft. 1793 probably in Washington County, PA. She died after 1850 but apparently before him – deduced because in 1850s legal land transactions/sales she does not sign off as commonly required and she had done so in earlier transactions.
Notes for CHARLES VAN WYE:
-“He came to the western counties, of PA in 1793. He came there in what is known as the Whiskey Insurrection as pat of the militia, and was disbanded in Washington County, PA” - from Enoch Wright Van Wye's History of the Van Wye Family written in 1901.
Apparently, along with others from the Peters/Nottingham Township area of Washington County, PA he went to Trumbull County, Ohio late in the 1790s and moved his young family there sometime between 1800 & 1802.
- Do not know who Jane’s parents are. More than one surnamed Cameron family in the area. Any insight or suggestions by local Washington County, PA researchers will be welcome.
- Served in the War of 1812 in Ohio.
Children of CHARLES VAN WYE and JANE CAMERON are:
i. MARY M. VAN WYE, b. Abt. 1800, Washington Co., PA; d. Abt. 1862, prob. Weathersfield Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio; m. JOSEPH EARL, September 02, 1823, Warren, Howland Twp, Trumbull Co., Ohio.
Notes for MARY M. VAN WYE:
In 1850 Census age is shown as 50 and birthplace as PA. Living at that enumeration in Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio.
ii. ELIJAH VAN WYE, b. 1800, Washington County, PA or Trumbull County, OH; d. Aft. 1850, Iowa;m. CAROLINE CHURCH, Aft. 1825, OH.
Notes for Elijah Van Wye:
In 1850 census is living in Lordstown, Trumbull County, OH
??? Are he and sister Mary twins?
iii. POSS 2 OTHER VAN WYE, b. Bef. 1807
iv. CATHERINE [POSS.] VAN WYE, b. Abt. 1808, Weathersfield Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio; m. GARDNER DABNEY, June 22, 1826, Warren Twp., Trumbull County, Ohio.
Notes on Catherine:
Her marriage record [copy on file]in 1826 exists in Trumbull County so she reached maturity too early to be the child of any of her “sibs”.
She is not the daughter of Arthur Van Wye and Mary James. That Catherine, born in 1823, was their youngest child.
Is it possible she is a child of Isaac Van Wye [b 1785]? He is Charles’ & Arthur’s younger brother who lived in Lordstown in 1830, 1840 and 1850 censuses. Isaac supposedly had no children. In Trumbull County he married Polly Earl in mid 1820s. Both are in their 40s by then. So is it just with her or all together that he sired no children. Where was he the first quarter of that century? Sure would help if he had children elsewhere and they turn out to be the so far unconnected/related Van Wye/Wey/Wy folks in other OH counties.
So given the choices I have placed this lady here.
v. ENOCH VAN WYE, b. May 01, 1809, Either Washington Co., PA or Trumbull Co, OH; d. April 09, 1887, Trumbull Co., Ohio or poss. Washington County, PA; m. (1) DIANNA PENNELL, May 18, 1831, Weathersfield Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio2; m. (2) ELIZABETH SELINA SMITH OR SAYER OR SAILOR, December 05, 1850, Trumbull County, Ohio3.
Notes for Dianne Pennell:
See William DeCoursey's Website for complete Pennell family story.
Notes for ELIZABETH SELINA SMITH OR SAYER OR SAILOR:
Need to confirm that this is the correct Enoch Van Wy referred to in her marriage record. Only one I know of in Trumbull COunty at the time who seems age appropriate. He is a widower at the correct time and did marry a woman with a surname starting with an "S" - but what that surname is doesn't seem to be agreed upon from the various sources so far. Residence location is why she is placed here with this Enoch, son of Charles & Jane. Perhaps she was previously married and had a couple of these "S" names in her past. Assistance welcome.
v. DANIEL VAN WYE, b. Abt. 1812, Ohio; m. SARAH SALLY ANNE WANIMAKER, October 05, 1834, Trumbull Co., Ohio
vi. NANCY VAN WYE, b. Abt. 1814, Trumbull Co., Ohio; d. Bef. 1854, Trumbull Co., Ohio; m. SEYMOUR A. CHURCH, November 17, 1831, Weathersfield Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio.
vii. POSS ONE VAN WYE, b. Aft. 1815.
ix. JOHN VAN WYE, b. Abt. 1820.
Notes for JOHN VAN WYE:
Per 1850 Census is living with Charles and Jane. Age discrepancy?? Need to follow up. Could he be a grandson instead?
Where did he move to when his parents died?
I will be adding to this basic information as time permits.
TO avoid confusion and keep it clear since I have posted here about the Abram Van Wye family group - this Charles Van Wye is Abram's uncle. Arthur Van Wye from the first paragraph above is Abram's father.
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